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Skype Enables Video On "Majority" Of Android Devices

David Gilbert


Skype for Android 2.1

When Skype launched support for video calling on Android devices at the end of June, there was loud cheers soon followed by even louder boos when people realised that only a couple of handsets were being supported.

However, Skype has now announced that it is adding support for 17 of the most popular Android devices. The launch of Skype for Android 2.1 brings video calling support for devices such as the HTC Desire, HTC Sensation, Samsung Galaxy S and S II and even the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Skype for Android 2.1

However if you don’t see your phone or tablet on the list of newly supported devices, fret not, you should still be able to enable Skype video calling. Simply by launching the updated Skype app, go to Skype settings and tick “enable video calling.” Unfortunately, if you cannot see the video calling settings, it means your Android phone does not meet the minimum requirements needed to make Skype video calls.

Skype warns that the quality of video calling on non-certified devices may not be as good and only the rear camera of the device will work if you are running Android 2.2 (Froyo). The app is available to download from the Android Market now and includes some bug fixes as well as the added support.

Source: The Big Blog


August 4, 2011, 9:23 pm

Works well with my HTC Desire [stock 2.2 firmware] to a Windows 7, iPhone 3GS & an LG TV over WiFi. Can stop/start video by tapping on the video image and choosing camera icon - presumably this will have the front camera option as well on android 2.3+ [HTC have promised this for Desire]
Can move the position of the small PiP video within the video by dragging it [though this is not remembered between calls]- can single tap it to minimise or double tap to switch the PiP to be the full screen
Rotating phone does not rotate menus but overall pretty good release with no crashes so far ;-)

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